Eureka!: The Surprising Stories Behind the Ideas That Shaped the World

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Penguin, Jul 6, 2010 - Reference - 272 pages
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The fascinating inspirations behind common inventions and creations- from Barbie to Sweet and Low to Mt. Rushmore.

The slinky was born aboard a World War II ship.
The Barbie doll was inspired by a German sex toy.
Weight Watchers began with a Jewish housewife in Queens, New York.

Eureka! explores the fascinating stories behind these famous creations and many others-from blue jeans to the Taj Mahal to Mickey Mouse-detailing the relationships between inspirations and their inventors. Readers will delight in the intriguing-and sometimes surprising-origins behind the ideas that have shaped the world.

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User Review  - sdunford - LibraryThing

This book sounded so good -- ideas that shaped the world. And I usually enjoy this genre. But its a big stretch calling Weight Watchers, Curious George, Barbie, or the slinky "ideas that shaped the world" Come on !! Who's kidding who. This is very light fare - very. Read full review

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User Review  - NewsieQ - LibraryThing

A lightweight series of short essays on "eureka" moments that led to the creation of the Barbie Doll, Slinky and many more pieces of popular culture. After having read REAL history that is well ... Read full review


1 Amazing Grace
4 The Kentucky Derby
5 Woolworths
6 The Olympic Games
9 The Wright Brothers
10 Tour de France
13 Mount Rushmore
16 Graumans Chinese Theatre
23 Slinky
25Guinness World Records
27 Barbie
30 Mary Kay
34 Special Olympics
36 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
39 Amazoncom

19 Alcoholics Anonymous
20 Casablanca

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About the author (2010)

Marlene Wagman-Geller is the author of two previous books, Once Again, to Zelda and Eureka!. She lives in San Diego.

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